Jason Heyward atoned for a critical error with a game-tying homer leading off the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals scored the winning run on catcher Jordan Pachecho's throwing error, completing a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night.
Mark Trumbo homered for Arizona, which has lost nine of its last 10 against the Cardinals. The Diamondbacks have re-tooled with former Cardinals Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer, pitching consultant Dave Duncan and first base coach Dave McKay.
Pacheco replaced Tuffy Gosewisch, who jammed his left knee on a groundout in the sixth. Third baseman Yasmany Tomas threw home for a force out on Jhonny Peralta's grounder against Brad Ziegler (0-1) and Pachecho tried for a double play but threw well above first baseman Paul Goldschmidt's head.
Seth Maness (1-0) got the last two outs of the ninth for St. Louis to get the victory.
Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run, Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 to outduel Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night.
The top two free-agent pitchers on the market last offseason, Scherzer (6-3) and Lester faced off in a memorable matchup in the finale of the three-game series. Scherzer, who signed a seven-year deal worth $210 million with Washington, was better than his counterpart, throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk to win his fifth straight start.
Scherzer and three relievers combined to shut out the Cubs and take two of three from Chicago. Drew Storen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 17 attempts.
In support of Scherzer, Harper continued his torrid May and pulled even with Seattle's Nelson Cruz for the major-league lead in homers. Harper's sixth-inning home run off Lester (4-3) was a line drive into the left-field bleachers, giving him 13 this month and 28 RBIs in May.
Former Caldwell County standout Emma Talley was named a first team All-American by the Women's Golf Coaches Association on Wednesday after capturing the 2015 NCAA Individual National Championship Monday night.
Talley, a junior from Princeton, Ky., shot 3-under 285 at The Concession Club in Bradenton, FL, to edge National Player of the Year Leona Maguire (Duke) and Gabby Lopez (Arkansas) by one stroke. She is now a three time All-American after garnering second-team honors as a freshman and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore.
Talley finished her junior season with a 72.50 stroke average with seven top-10 finishes and three top-five showings. She averaged just .69 strokes per round over par and counted towards the team score in 31 of 32 rounds.
McCracken County won the 1st
Region baseball and softball championships Wednesday night. The Mustangs beat Calloway County 3-0 at Marshall County High School while the Lady Mustangs knocked off Murray 6-0 at Graves County High School.
In the baseball championship, McCracken's Cole Womack led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a home run to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead. It would stay that way until the bottom of the 6th, when Tyler Hicks scored on a single by Ian Walters. The Mustangs (33-2) made it 3-0 later that same inning on an RBI double by Derek Schneider.
The Lakers (12-20) loaded the bases in the 7th inning but failed to score, giving the Mustangs their second regional title in as many years.
On the mound, Ryan Garner went six innings, giving up only two hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Keegan Breese pitched the 7th inning to pick up the save.
The Mustangs will play Highlands Monday at 7:30pm (CST) in the first round of the KHSAA State Tournament in Lexington.
In the softball championship, the Lady Mustangs (32-3) took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning on an RBI on two infield errors by the Lady Tigers (22-12). Tori Humphrey led off the bottom of the 4th inning with an RBI double to left center. She scored on an RBI single from Rachel Ridolfi, giving McCracken a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Mustangs tacked on two more runs in the 6th inning on their way to back-to-back regional titles. McCracken will play the champions from the 3rd Region at 5pm Thursday June 4 in Owensboro.
1st Region Baseball Championship
McCracken County 3, Calloway County 0
2nd Region Baseball Semifinals
Christian County 3, Trigg County 1
Hopkinsville 4, Caldwell County 2
1st Region Softball Championship
McCracken County 6, Murray 0
The St. Louis Cardinals placed first baseman Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right quadriceps sustained running on a double on Tuesday night.
Catcher Ed Easley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis before Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Adams is batting .243 with four homers and 20 RBIs. He grabbed his right hip area rounding first base after his hit off reliever Vidal Nuno and was replaced by pinch runner Mark Reynolds.
Reynolds will be the principal fill-in at first base. He was batting .250 with three homers and 12 RBIs in semi-regular duty, with 11 starts at first base and three at third base.
The 29-year-old Easley was on the roster for three games from April 10-12 while backup catcher Tony Cruz was on paternity leave. He was batting .295 at Memphis and has yet to appear in a major league game.